Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sports Complex to Counter Rampant Drug Abuse in Western Cape

The Western Cape government has responded to a call by youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in the province for the establishment of sports facilities to counter drug and substance abuse. Premier Ebrahim Rasool opened a sports complex in Stellenbosch today. The complex, which encompasses among others rugby and soccer fields, will be used by youth in the surrounding areas of Khayamnandi, an informal settlement outside Stellenbosch. Mr Rasool said the establishment was part of the provincial response to the many challenges faced by the youth, particularly drug abuse and alcoholism. "When we toured the province during a Youth Imbizo, young people said the reason they were engaging in destructive habits such a substance abuse was because there were no sports facilities in the communities where they lived." He said the complex and many others in the province would leave young people with no excuse for engaging in drugs and other forms of crime.

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